Magpie (comics)

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Publication information
PublisherDC Comics
First appearanceThe Man of Steel #3 (November 1986)
Created byJohn Byrne
In-story information
Alter egoMargaret Pye
Team affiliationsBlack Lantern Corps Logo.png Search Magpie (comics) on Amazon.

Magpie (Margaret Pye) is a fictional supervillainess created by John Byrne who first appeared in The Man of Steel #3 (November 1986).

She is notable for her outlandish 1980s clothing style, including a unique tri-hawk/mullet hairstyle (although in The Man of Steel #3, Superman reveals that her unique hairstyle is a wig and that she was actually a redhead), as well as an exotic red and silver costume consisting of large sunglasses, earrings, long gloves and fishnet stockings.

Fictional character biography[edit]

Magpie is a jewel thief who specifically targets jewels named after birds and then replaces them with booby-trapped replicas.[1] Her codename comes from the magpie, which, in folklore, is attracted to bright, shiny objects. Taking a job as a museum curator, she is slowly driven mad surrounded by the beautiful things that she so loves but can never own. She was notable in Post-Crisis continuity as the first villain who was defeated by Superman and Batman working together, Superman having visited Gotham to "apprehend" Batman before Batman's demonstration of his skills while tracking Magpie convinced Superman that Gotham needed someone like Batman to protect it.

Magpie disappears for a length of time, until it is revealed that she is Poison Ivy's cellmate at Arkham Asylum.[2]

Shortly thereafter, she is murdered by Tally Man II along with Orca, the Ventriloquist and Scarface and the KGBeast, villains working for the Penguin. Ultimately, her death was part of a revenge scheme by the criminal known as the Great White Shark.[3]

During Blackest Night, Magpie is among the many deceased villains that receive a black power ring and become reanimated into a Black Lantern. She is seen slaughtering people in a grocery store. She also works closely with the reanimated Trigger Twins and King Snake.[4]

Magpie is alive once again in DC Rebirth. She is one of the many villains taken down by Batman and Catwoman after he takes her along with him on an average night of his job and fought Batgirl in her quest for justice. She has also had a run-in with the Flash and Iris West after they were undercover as supervillains in the nation of Zandia, which serves as a haven for criminals like her.

Alternate versions[edit]

  • A male character named Merg Gaterra uses the name Magpie in Pre-Zero Hour comics.
  • Magpie appears in the prequel comic to Injustice 2. Following the events of the first game, Magpie is shown as a member of this universe's Suicide Squad.[5] The Impostor Batman detonated the bomb in Magpie's head for being useless.[6]
  • Magpie appears in the Batman: Li'l Gotham comics.

In other media[edit]


  • Magpie appears in Beware the Batman, voiced by Grey DeLisle.[7] She can grow poisonous claws for nails and is unable to feel pain after an experiment that would purge Margaret Sorrow's kleptomaniac tendencies in return for a reduced sentence at Blackgate Penitentiary. However, her memories altered with the new identity of "Cassie", Margaret's darker aspects manifested as a second personality: Magpie. In "Secrets", prior to learning the full extent of the experiment and thinking they only robbed her of her memories, Magpie tries to get her memories back and get her revenge on the psychiatrists (Joe Braxton and Bethanie Ravencroft) that ran the experiment before being stopped by Batman and Jim Gordon. In "Attraction", she has developed an obsession with Batman after he visits her in prison. Magpie also becomes jealous of Katana and escapes from Blackgate, declaring her love to Batman and threatening Katana. Magpie lays a trap for her and tries to bury her alive. However, Magpie is defeated by Batman and Katana escapes. Magpie is later one of the several villains gathered by Ra's al Ghul in "Reckoning" to bring Batman to him, dead or alive. She engages the other villains in battle while they are all competing to get to Batman.
  • A variation of Magpie appeared in an episode of the fifth and final season of Gotham, portrayed by Sarah Schenkkan.[8] Her obsessed with shiny objects remains intact as her reputation is known by even Selina Kyle. She stole a diamond from Penguin causing him to cut a deal with Selina Kyle to track her down. Penguin and Selina Kyle found Magpie's hideout. When Selina used her whip on her, Magpie recognized Selina as the one who shot Jeremiah Valeska. Magpie then revealed that the room they are in is filled with explosives. This distracted Penguin and Selina enough for Magpie to get away. After escaping her explosive room, Penguin found Magpie trapped in one of his traps and shoots her much to the objection of Selina. Penguin makes it clear that nobody steals from him.
  • Magpie will appear in the first season of Batwoman.


  • In the animated direct-to-video movie Superman/Batman: Public Enemies (2009), Magpie is mentioned by Superman to Batman, but she does not appear in the movie.
  • Magpie appears in The Lego Batman Movie, with a design similar to her appearance in Beware the Batman, though with an added skirt piece.[9]


  1. Randall, Barbara J. (w), Von Eeden, Trevor (a). "A Bird In The Hand..." Batman #401: 3 (November 1986), DC Comics
  2. Arkham Asylum: Living Hell
  3. Batman: Face the Face
  4. Blackest Night: Batman #1 (2009)
  5. Injustice 2 #1
  6. Injustice 2 #2
  7. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-07-21. Retrieved 2013-05-17.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  8. Whitbrook, James (January 24, 2019). "Punisher's Showrunner Wants Daredevil and Kingpin...If the Show Gets Another Season". io9. Retrieved January 24, 2019.
  9. "Magpie Item No: sh333". Retrieved 14 July 2017.

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